On Ash Wednesday, we started our new weekday Mass schedule of 12:15pm Monday thru Friday in the Church replacing our old Chapel weekday Mass schedule.
We believe because of current local demographics and a growing interest in our parish that our new schedule change will allow for a greater number of persons the ability to attend a simple, reverent "lunch time" Mass at St. Joseph.
As part of our ongoing parish renewal, we plan with the support and commitment of our parishioners and the local Catholic community to begin offering Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament following the 12:15pm Mass in the near future. (details soon to follow).
Monday thru Friday: 12:15pm (10:00am on National Holidays)
Saturday: Memorial Masses, XV Masses, Weddings, Special Masses, Baptisms.
Sunday: 8:00, 10:00am, 11:30am (Spanish)
Holy Days: Times will be announced and printed in advance.
In last week's Gospel, we followed Jesus into the desert where He fasted and prayed. This week, He leads us up a mountain to witness His Transfiguration. Why both of these experiences? He is preparing us to go with Him in a few short weeks to a hilltop — Golgatha — where He will lay down His life for our sake, and then finally to take us to an empty cave where He triumphed over sin and death once and for all.
Jesus perfectly understands our humanity. He knows we need desert experiences — times of self-denial and testing — in order to arrive at mountain-top moments when we see and feel His glorious presence in our lives. The purpose of these two types of experiences is summed up in the description of the Apostles who were with Jesus at that mountain-top experience in today's Gospel: "Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep, but becoming fully awake, they saw his glory ..."
The reason for all of our fasting and prayer and almsgiving during lent is to be reawakened to all God has done for humanity, and to all that He has done for each of us personally. It is all too easy to get lulled into complacency in our daily routines, to "sleepwalk" through life, getting up and getting ourselves out the door, going to work, returning home for dinner and dishes, meetings or sports activities, and finally flopping on the couch to watch TV until bedtime. While there is nothing inherently sinful in this routine, as Christian disciples, we are called to so much more!
This lent, let us train ourselves, or more precisely, allow Him to train us to say "Yes" to His will and to offer our lives back to Him in gratitude. In so doing, we, too, will become "transfigured." This is what it means to live fully awake; this is a stewardship way of life and it is glorious indeed.
Lord Jesus, you are the source and lover of life.
Reawaken in us respect for every human life.
Help us to see in each child the marvelous work
of our Creator.
Open our hearts to welcome every child as a
unique and wonderful gift.
Guide the work of doctors, nurses and midwives.
May the life of a mother and her baby in the womb
be equally cherished and respected.
Help those who make our laws to uphold
the uniqueness and sacredness of every human life,
from the first moment of conception to natural death.
Give us wisdom and generosity to build a society
that cares for all.
Together with Mary, your Mother,
in whose womb you took on our human nature,
help us to choose life in every decision we take.
We ask this in the joyful hope of eternal life
with you, and in the communion of the Blessed Trinity.
You are welcome to join us on Sundays.
We pray the Rosary every Sunday after the 8:00 am Mass in English and after the 11:30 am Mass in Spanish.
If you are not able to pray with us perhaps you can send us your prayer intentions. Send to: email@example.com. We will gladly include them in our prayers.
O Glorious St. Joseph, thou who hast power to render possible even things which are considered impossible, come to our aid in our present trouble and distress.
Take this important and difficult affair under thy particular protection, that it may end happily.
(MENTION YOUR REQUEST)
O dear St. Joseph, all our confidence is in thee. Let it not be said that we would invoke thee in vain; and since thou art so powerful with Jesus and Mary, show that thy goodness equal thy power. Amen.
St. Joseph, friend of the Sacred Heart, pray for us.
A Votive Light is a "silent sentinel" and can burn for your special intentions or for someone who is in need of prayers. This is a thoughtful expression of your sentiments and best wishes for any occasion. Your Votive Light can be an act of faith and charity - the light is a symbol of the sacrifice you have made in behalf of someone else - and it is a silent reminder of your prayers for them.
Unlike a regular purchase, a votive candle donation is an "offering" made to God through the intercession of the Saints which also helps support our St. Joseph the Worker Church's mission of beautiful liturgies, reconciliation and healing.
Your prayerful votive offerings are "lighting up" our church with beauty and prayer. Thank you, and may God bless you.